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  • 2017
  • Twenty Years of Eriksholm Summer Camp

    01.09.2017: The last week of August marked the 2017 Eriksholm Summer Camp, where 68 young audiologists from around the world visited our research centre. Our visitors spent four days networking and getting hands-on with the latest and greatest research and technology in hearing health-car. Thank you all for participating in another wonderful summer camp!  
    The Eriksholm Summer Camp is organized by Oticon, sponsored by The Oticon Foundation, and hosted by Eriksholm Research Centre. Read more here

  • Eriksholm is turning 40!

    14.07.2017: A lot has happened since our humble beginning in 1977. When we first bought the Eriksholm property, it accommodated just one small research group, five research engineers, to be precise.

    Today, all our offices are alive with employees and students doing their research in our labs, and we are frequently visited by our many, international collaborators and research partners. On top of that, ENTs, hearing care professionals, and students visit us from all over the world to see the research facilities and hear about our work. Truly, Eriksholm has grown from being a small, local operation, into becoming an international organization at the forefront of audiological research.

    To commemorate our 40 years’ anniversary, we will publish a series of videos over the next months leading up to Eriksholm’s anniversary in September. We have talked to a number of notable people with affiliation to our research centre, to find out why Eriksholm matters to them. Watch the videos here

  • Update! The page for our research project, "App(etite) for life with hearing loss" has been updated

    19.05.2017: In the past, we have mentioned this research project spearheaded by Annette Cleveland Nielsen, which intends to enlighten the significance of information and communication exchange in living well with hearing loss. The project has since seen its first focus groups and wireframes for the app solutions, as well as a few digitized mock-ups. We have updated the project page with our latest work, results, and photos.

    If you are interested in reading about Annette’s project and its implications for people with hearing impairment, you can find all the information here

  • Employee Portrait - Claus Nielsen

    31.03.2017: For this week's employee portrait, we spoke with Research Operations Manager and Senior Research Audiologist Claus Nielsen, who has been with Eriksholm Research Centre for the past 30 years.
    Claus has a number of different tasks in his day-to-day at Eriksholm, and we sat down with him to learn a little more about what exactly he does. Claus is also our on-site historian, researching our "Throwback Thursday" articles from the Eriksholm Collection. In his own words "[Claus] runs the Eriksholm Collection, our in-house museum, and can probably catalogue the past 100 years of hearing aids more or less by heart."

    Read the full interview here

  • Employee Portrait - Renskje K. Hietkamp

    10.03.2017: For this week's employee portrait, we sat down with research clinician Renskje Hietkamp. Renskje has been part of the Eriksholm Research Centre staff since 2005, and has been involved in a number of interesting projects across the board ever since. In her own words, she arrived here slightly by coincidence, but the fit could not be better.

    "One day I came across a job post from Eriksholm Research Centre, and it fit perfectly within my dream job, as it combined care for the individual with care for the group of individuals. Today, 12 years later, I still would not trade it for anything." Read the full interview here

  • Thomas Lunner first to become awarded William Demant Fellow

    08.02.2017: For the first time ever, today William Demant appointed a Fellow by honoring Eriksholm Research Centre’s senior scientist Thomas Lunner for his contributions to cognitive hearing science as his latest major achievement in a long career with many great achievements to the benefit of people with hearing loss.

  • Hidden hearing loss - What is synaptopathy, and how can we diagnose it?

    31.01.2017: One of the current hot topics in hearing research, is how we diagnose hidden hearing loss, or synaptopathy, in people with hearing impairment. A typical hearing test will not offer you much insight into problematic synapses or hidden hearing loss in general, and so we need to develop new methods for diagnosing this kind of hearing impairment. There is currently no underlying theory as to how hidden hearing loss reveals itself. In this study, we hypothesize that short sounds in noisy environments can indicate an underlying hearing loss, that typical audiograms cannot diagnose. Read the full article here

  • Employee Portrait - Yang Wang

    27.01.2017: In this installment of our employee portraits, we sat down with Ph.D. student Yang Wang. Yang, who is originally from China, came to Eriksholm Research Centre as part of the LISTEN-project, and is currently working on his own spin-off of said project, called LISPLR, or "Listen Pupil Light Reflex."

    "I am trying to observe the pupil light reflex on people with hearing impairment, to find out if there is any difference between them, and those with normal hearing. The idea is to get a deeper understanding of the connection between your hearing and other physiological factors, such as stress and fatigue, as reflected by pupil response." Read the full interview here

  • 24.01.2017: Have you ever heard the expression "mistakes were made?" Here at Eriksholm Research Centre, we certainly have. At the end of the day, any research boils down to asking a lot of questions, and finding out where the answers take us. A natural consequence of that is that things do not always work out in your favor. For this week's peek into the Eriksholm Collection, we look at some less proud, but equally important historic moments: The mistakes

  • Employee Portrait - Jette Nielsen

    18.01.2017: In this installment of our on-going series "Eriksholm Employee Portraits" we sat down with secretary and all-rounder Jette Widunok Nissen. Jette has been part of Eriksholm since arriving here in 2007, and has worked across our many events and departments, something she has very much cherished. You can read the full interview here

  • SpiN 2017: Researchers from Eriksholm attended the the 9th Speech in Noise Workshop in Oldenburg, Germany.

    16.01.2017: On January 5-6, a delegation of three employees from Eriksholm Research Centre attended the 9th Speech in Noise Workshop (SpiN 2017) in Oldenburg, Germany.

    Research Engineer Alejandro Lopez Valdes gave an invited talk on investigation into the clinical applicability of single-channel EEG, titled “Assessment of Spectral Ripple Discrimination in Cochlear Implant Users: The Untold Story.” Research Engineer & Project Manager Lars Bramsløw offered a poster on the defects of learning in the Danish HINT-tests. Finally, Research Engineer Dorothea Wendt attended the conference as her first item on the agenda, after returning from maternity leave.

    If you were unable to attend the conference, or would like to have a look at the submitted material, you can find the posters and abstracts on our website here

  • 2016
  • App(etite) for living well with hearing loss

    23.11.2016: On november 21-23, Eriksholm Research Centre hosted eight groups with 5-7 participants consisting, respectively, of 24 hearing aid users, 11 significant others, and 10 audiologists. The focus group sessions related to our on-going project, “(App)etite for life with hearing loss”, conducted in collaboration with Professor Anne-Marie Kanstrup from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.

    The project intends to enlighten the significance of information and communication exchange in living well with hearing loss and in developing innovative eHealth solutions through a user-centered design concept. Focus groups participants gave their points of view on the hearing loss client journey, and on the difficulties that they, themselves, have faced while living with hearing loss.

    Additionally, participants were asked to give their own perspectives and points of view on visions for improving all phases of the client journey, excluding fitting, as the project focuses primarily on communication facilitation and exchange outside the clinic. We look forward to receiving our next focus groups in the new year, and to tell you more about this project.

    If you would like to learn more right now, you can read more about the project here

  • Employee Portrait - Thomas Kønig

    24.11.2016: It is time for another employee interview from Eriksholm Research Centre! This time, the turn has come to yours truly, communications assistant Thomas Kønig. 

    Since April, Thomas has been involved in a number of projects spanning all across the research centre; we sat down to learn more about his work and experiences as part of our team. Read the full interview here

  • Are hearing aids the better rehabilitative choice when compared to PSAPs? On speech-intelligibility and sound-quality, the answer is yes.

    28.10.2016: In recent years, a new category of hearing amplification devices has been introduced. Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) offer a cheaper alternative to hearing aids, and some studies have concluded that they, in selected audiological domains, offered the same benefits as regular hearing aids for people with mild-to-moderate hearing losses. However, very few of the published studies that have compared the two product types have ensured proper test-subject blinding, and none have ensured test-subject blinding and individualized fit of the hearing devices. Eriksholm staff, Filip M. Rønne and Rikke Rossing, decided to conduct a properly blinded study, to fill the gap. Read the full study and results here. (PDF)

  • Employee Portrait - Niels Henrik Pontoppidan
    07.10.2016: For this week's employee portrait, we spoke to research area manager for Advanced Algorithms, Niels Henrik Pontoppidan. Niels has been a part of Eriksholm Research Centre since 2005, when he came to the centre to apply his research in algorithms to make a difference for people with hearing impairment. 

    Read the full interview here
  • Solving speech separation in competing voices with Lars Bramsløw

    30.09.2016: Can we solve the issue of speech separation in hearing aids by working on deep neural networks? We sat down with research engineer and project manager, Lars Bramsløw, to discuss how we can design for a more holistic, natural listening experience.

    In co-operation with the Tampere University of Technology, Eriksholm Research Centre has conducted multiple experiments within the field of speech separation. Read the full story here

  • New Eriksholm Study

    16.09.2016: Heads up! Today, Rikke Rossing from Eriksholm Research Centre is making her way to the International Congress of Audiology to present a recent Eriksholm study comparing the benefit of PSAPs and hearing aids, in two properly blinded experiments. You can find the poster here. The study, taking place over the summer of 2016, evaluated high-end PSAPs against premium hearing aids in a blinded study of 21 test subjects. The goal was to determine the validity of recent claims, that PSAPs offer similar benefits to regular hearing aids, for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. The study concluded that when it comes to the very important speech intelligibility and sound quality, the hearing aids performed significantly better.

  • Employee Portrait - Michael Larsen
    09.09.2016: For this week's employee portrait, we spoke to Eriksholm's Caretaker, Michael Larsen. Michael wears many hats during his day at Eriksholm, from maintaining our outdoor areas to assisting personnel where possible, and running correspondence with contractors working at the research centre. Michael has been with Eriksholm Research Centre since 2013. Since then, he has been involved in new initiatives in our castle gardens, the recent expansion of our research centre, and a number of events. If you would like to read his full interview, you can find it here
  • The Oticon Model 550T

    01.09.2016: Throwback Thursday to the Oticon Model 550T. It was the first Oticon hearing aid to utilize transistors and telecoil technology to provide a more streamlined listening experience for hearing aid users. One fact you might not know, is that the iconic look was, in essence, the result of one big misunderstanding. Today, we delve into the design and production of the hearing aid, and how one small piece of new technology became the most prominent feature of the Model 550T. 

    For more information, please follow this link

  • Eriksholm Research Centre hosts the 2016 Eriksholm Summer Camp for audiology students and recent graduates from all over the world

    25.08.2016: Eriksholm Research Centre hosts the 2016 Eriksholm Summer Camp for audiology students and recent graduates from all over the world. With more than 55 people attending, the research centre has been unusually busy, buzzing with life, debate and happy faces. We stopped some of the guests on their way around the tight-packed event, to hear a little about their experience at the summer camp. Read the full interviews here

  • Eriksholm Research Centre is going to IHCON at Lake Tahoe.

    10.08.2016: IHCON 2016 has kicked off at Lake Tahoe, CA. From Eriksholm Research Centre, we have sent a delegation of six researchers to talk about their latest work and publications over the course of the conference.

    We invite you to come chat with us and ask questions about our work, or find us during our poster presentations, to learn more about our work and ambition. See the work of our researchers here

  • Employee Portrait - Bo Westergård

    28.07.2016: Our social media platform has come full circle. This week we sat down with the manager behind all of our articles and social media posts; head of communications and clinical audiology, Bo Westergård. Besides heading the communications team, Bo also manages a group of research clinicians at the Eriksholm Research Centre on-site clinic

    "We want to present the face of Eriksholm externally, and open up the rest of Eriksholm Research Centre to the people we work with."

    Learn more about Bo here

  • Employee Portrait - Rikke Rossing

    14.07.2016: For this week's employee portrait, we sat down with research clinician for the Advanced Algorithms group, Rikke Rossing. Rikke worked in rehabilitation as a hearing care professional, until transitioning to Eriksholm Research Centre to work in the clinic group. Rikke's day-to-day tasks involve developing test protocols, identifying test subjects from the database, and executing tests during our research projects.

    "Originally, my first contract was for 10 months. As of writing this, I have been here for about two years.” Click here for the full interview 

  • "Let's take it outside!" - New meeting room at Eriksholm Research Centre

    09.07.2016: At Eriksholm Research Centre, we can now say "let's take it outside", and not because we are trying to instigate a bar fight. Over the summer, caretaker and on-site muscle for Eriksholm Research Centre, Michael Larsen, has been busy designing, preparing and working on our new outdoor meeting room. On July 7 2016, in a surprising show of sportsmanship by the shifting Danish weather, we celebrated the topping off of our meeting room with cold ice cream and warm sunlight.

    For more info, please follow this link

  • The 2016 Eriksholm Workshop

    07.09.2016: The consensus paper from the 5th Eriksholm Workshop, has been published as a special issue in the Ear and Hearing journal.

    The 23-pages consensus paper highlights how listening effort depends not only on hearing difficulties and task demands but also on the listener's motivation to expend mental effort in the challenging situations of everyday life

    For more info, please follow this link

  • New research project - An app(etite) for life with hearing impairment

    01.07.2016: The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation has granted 393.400DKK to Eriksholm Research Centre and Professor, PhD Anne Marie Kanstrup from the University of Aalborg, towards the eHealth project "App(etite) for life with hearing impairment" . The goal of our project is to provide people with hearing impairment and their families with the tools they need to address hearing disability. To solve this, we will develop a free app and an online portal to offer direct information exchange between themselves and the hearing-care professionals they rely on for treatment. 

    For more info, please follow this link

  • Scientific achievements in hearing aids - the 1946 Oticon Model TA

    30.06.2016: #ThrowbackThursday to The 1946 Oticon Model TA, the first mass-produced Danish hearing aid. Back then, a single 8-hour battery cost as much as a family vacation, and getting raw material to the assembly lines was no easy feat in the middle f international turmoil and a world war. Learn about William Demant's interesting journey; from assembling American hearing aids on a license basis, to inventing the very first Danish hearing aid. For more info, please follow this link

  • Employee Portrait - Uwe Andreas Hermann

    23.06.2016: This week, we spoke to Senior Director Uwe Andreas Hermann. Uwe has been the captain of our ship since taking over the position after Graham Naylor in September 2013. Before coming to Eriksholm, Uwe has a background in electro-engineering for multiple international companies, and spent three years working on an expat assignment for Siemens, before making the transition to Eriksholm Research Centre. " one of my previous managers at Bell Labs in New Jersey put it: “recruit the best, give them a direction, and get out of their way.’ The less scientists are “boxed in” by restricting boundary conditions, the more they can think “out of the box” and the more chances for disrupting innovations we get.” Click here for full interview

  • Separating known competing voices for people with hearing loss

    17.06.2016: Wouldn’t it be great if the hearing aid could help you separate voices? We recently developed an algorithm, with Tom Barker, and Tuomas Virtanen from Tampere University of Technology. that can separate voices it knows already.The algorithm picks up voices during conversations in quiet situations. Then, in difficult situations, it can separate two known voices from each other. The process is similar to the way people without hearing loss can tune in on a familiar voice in a crowd.While we have yet to demonstrate that this process improves speech intelligibility, some people do report that the algorithm enables them to distinguish between two distinct voices. Our research continues to improve speech intelligibility, as we push the limits of our existing algorithm. 

    Read more in this paper presented at the SPIRE workshop.

  • The Music & Cochlear Implants Symposium

    13.06.2016: Join us in October for the "Music and Cochlear Implants Symposium" at Eriksholm Research Centre; attendance is free, and we invite researchers across the globe to give short presentations. Submit abstracts before August 1st, and register for attendance before September 1st.

    Music is an essential part of social life, health and our general well-being. We wish to bring together researchers across the globe to bring music to Cochlear Implant users

    For more info, please follow this link

  • Employee Portrait - Annette Cleveland Nielsen

    10.06.2016: For the first employee portrait of the summer, we got together with eHealth researcher Annette Cleveland Nielsen. Annette is a doctor in veterinary medicine with a PhD in epidemiology, and used to work as an expert to the EU commission, the Nordic Council, and the Danish Ministry of Health. Today she works at Eriksholm, in the context of hearing aid rehabilitation in adults, and investigating barriers and facilitators to successful implementation of eHealth in this area. Click here for full interview

  • What is it like to be a student at Eriksholm Research Centre

    03.06.2016: At Eriksholm Research Centre, we enjoy offering that hands-on experience to students from all around the world.

    We invite the students to join us in uncovering the next big thing in audiological research, and we learn a lot from the next generation of excellent researchers. With complete access to our modern facilities, our labs and anechoic chamber, and our very invested and helpful database of test subjects, we offer a state-of-the-art working environment, where our research potentially ends up having a positive impact on the real world.

    For more info, please follow this link

  • Employee Portrait - Fabien Cordonnier

    27.05.2016: This week, we spoke with Fabien Cordonnier, an engineering student from France, and the newest intern at Eriksholm Research Centre. Fabien is working on a very interesting EEG project, in which he tries to show a correlation between dilating pupils and EEG data under varying listening conditions. It will be very interesting to see his findings once the study ends. Click here for the full interview

  • What’s new in hearing aid technology? Requisites for successful implementation of eHealth in hearing health care.

    20.05.2016: “So in essence, the future [hearing aid] user will never again need to feel alone with a hearing problem or challenging situation.” In his latest article, ‘What’s new in hearing aid technology? Requisites for successful implementation of eHealth in hearing health care’, Senior Director Uwe Andreas Hermann discusses his vision for the future of the hearing aid industry.

    For more info, please follow this link

  • Employee Portrait - Thomas Lunner

    12.05.2016: For this week's employee portrait, we talked to senior scientist & research area manager, prof. Thomas Lunner. Thomas' work in the 90s, led almost directly to the invention and launch of the "DigiFocus", the world's first mass-produced digital hearing aid. Today, he's leading the cognitive hearing science research area at Eriksholm Research Centre. Click here for the full interview

  • Eriksholm Research Centre hosts 15 audiology students from the University of Copenhagen
    14.04.2016: The University of Copenhagen let us host 15 of their audiology students. We had a great time discussing the audiology questions of tomorrow, and giving them an insight into the world of research. Thank you all for coming to see us.
  • Hearing Impact: Our eyes and ears are more connected than you think

    15.04.2016: Research Engineer and PhD, Dorothea Wendt from Eriksholm Research Centre and DTU Electrical Engineering is at the ‪#‎AudiologyNow‬ conference in Phoenix demoing our latest research: How pupillometry can be used as an indicator to provide a better hearing aid experience to patients around the world.

    Stop by our booth if you're at the conference, or read more here